Tori // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
My name is Tori. I am originally from Jamaica, currently living in Dallas, TX.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
When I began my hair journey in 2010, I was experiencing severe shedding and breakage. After being relaxed for almost 12 years, my goal was to restore the health of my relaxed hair. I watched several YouTube videos then decided to try ‘stretching’ by waiting longer than eight weeks in between relaxers. However, during my last relaxer stretch, I began falling in love with my natural texture. I remembered how thick and healthy my hair was as a child and wanted to see if it would be the same if I returned to my natural texture. I was just tired of relaxers and felt like I needed a change. Around that time I was also diagnosed with Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune disorder that causes spontaneous balding/bald spots), which sealed the deal for me to stop relaxing and just go natural! I have been 100% natural since January 2012 after transitioning for a year and a half.

How would you describe your texture?
My hair is coarse and dense. According to the hair typing system, my texture would probably be considered 4b/4c. I have looser coils in the front and back, and tight coils in the top/middle sections.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
I usually do braidouts that I wear for 3 or 4 days, then I wear a puff for the rest of the week until my next wash day, then repeat. I moisturize and braid my hair with Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Raw Hemp Seed Butter. On warmer days, or to give my hair a break, I do protective styles such as braids or twists (with my own hair or with synthetic braiding hair).


What does wash day look like for you?
I wash and deep condition my hair weekly, usually on a Sunday. Beginning with dry, dirty hair, I lightly spray my hair with water and deep condition under a dryer with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle, coconut oil/sweet almond oil, as well as castor oil (applied to my roots). I shampoo my hair with Tresemme Naturals Shampoo diluted with water, then follow up with a light condition with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. I apply my leave-in (Kinky Curly Knot Today) and styling products to style usually a braidout. Throughout the week I moisturize my hair as needed. I also do other deep treatments as needed, such as a protein treatment with yogurt, eggs, honey, and sweet almond oil. Since the weather is getting more hot and humid, I co-wash midweek (if needed) using Tresemme Naturals Conditioner.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Puffs (low or high) are my go-to style.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I primarily do braidouts. Individual braids/plaits minimize shrinkage, give me more length, and make styling a bit easier.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
The middle or crown of my hair is the most coarse and tightly coiled section. It breaks easily and requires the most attention, moisture, and delicate handling. My ends also require lots of attention. They tend to get really dry and knot around themselves. I moisturize my ends more than other sections.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Deep conditioning and regularly moisturizing are important. My hair gets really dry and without moisture styling would be impossible. Protein treatments are also important. As with any other texture, a good balance between protein and moisture have helped to keep my hair strong and healthy.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Wash-n-Gos are a recipe for disaster! I jumped on the bandwagon and quickly realized it was not for me. Also, super small mini twists are cute but they take forever to install and take down, plus detangling after they are taken down gives me a headache.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I can be found on Instagram: @Bonafidestyle
I don’t always post videos regularly, but I can also be found on YouTube: (yea, I hate my YouTube name, but I’ve had my account since sophomore year in college and don’t feel like changing it at this point lol).

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119 thoughts on “Tori // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. My mouth has been open for the past several minutes…Your hair is just absolutely fantastic! I am speechless!!1

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  3. WOW You’re like, My hair twin!!! and You’re probably my favorite style icon so far!!! I love all of your styles and when my hair gets a little bit longer I will definitely be trying that braidout in the third picture. That looks amazing!!!!

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    • I seriously love your site.. Pleasant coorls & theme. Did you develop this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own blog and would like to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Thank you!

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  4. name is brandy I have a 5 year old daughter..her hair is a 4c..and it want grow..I’m sad..bc I dnt know what to do with her natural hair..yes shes black fully..I want her to love her blackness…she makes me sad..always want to have long hair And I’m no hair could u plead help…I got her split send cut this Friday for the first time.august 24 I think…and ive been trying to find her hair product so far only she butter…need help…

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    • BTW what is wrong with wearing short hair?? Short hair is cute. Long hair doesn’t always look good on EVERYONE.Teach her to love herself as is. She is gorgeous as is. I have the opposite problem. A daughter with a ton of hair. She HATES her hair literally. She hates her hair so much because it’s super thick and hard to manage. She would love your daughter’s hair. Teach her to love her books and be intelligent. What matters is what she puts in her head not ON her head.Looks are not that important and having long hair doesn’t equate to self love. She may grow it out, and then it could break all off? Sometimes hair does that.
      If you want a happy healthy minded child, don’t ask for people to help you with your daughters hair. Instead put her in sports and musical activities to help her creative mind. She could grow long hair ANY one can. But if you don’t have naturally long hair then it could be hard. She is so pretty.

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  5. Wow. We have the same texture. For some reason I thought that my hair could never grow. But after seeing your photos I think I could try to make it grow. Do you have any photos of when your hair was short. I just have to see the before and the now to really believe that my hair has potential.

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    • Sometimes I see people with much kinkier hair than I have, and their hair is much longer! lol Yes she should show before and after pics. However, she may have always had longer hair. My twins daughters have long hair and always have. They never had to go on a natural hair journey because their dad is part white. So their hair grew naturally. My daughters are dark skin like this young lady, so a lot of people assume she is wearing a weave. I am very light skin but my daughters hair grow much longer than mine does and my hair grows pretty well. But I do wonder how women with my SAME exact texture get hair down to their waist?? I think it’s strange how that occurs and yet my hair only grows but so far?

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  10. Such beautiful hair. So inspirational as well. Whenever I feel like giving up with my hair journey I come to this site and see beautiful style icons with beautiful hair and I say “yeah I can do this”.

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  11. hey, i’m also j’can and you know, i’ve been wondering since forever what my hair type was, so i can properly take care of my hair..i just happened to see your pic on another article and thought “waaiit a minute, my hair looks the same texture as hers!” yay hair!

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